Articles tagged new wave

Adam and the Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier (Deluxe Edition)

Adam Ant was a pop music prankster who upended the post-punk chart game, but at the end of the day, the real joke may have been on the listeners themselves.

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The Specials - “A Message to You Rudy” (1979) (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"A Message to You Rudy" is simply ska music at its purest -- and most enjoyable -- level.

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Dexys: Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

A minor triumph for one of music's ultimate mavericks, Kevin Rowland, convincing that Irish folk and pop/soul standards can make an appealing combination.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - “Enola Gay” (1980) (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"Enola Gay" is perhaps the quintessential embodiment of OMD's sound -- a romantic epic told through two alternating, and often intersecting, synthpop riffs.

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27 Apr 2016 // 2:05 AM

Se Delan: Drifter

Se Delan are back, and they waste no time in announcing themselves.

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The Cars: The Elektra Years 1978-1987

The Cars made six albums for Elektra in just under a decade. Five of those are far above average. Another shows why the group stopped at exactly the right time.

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Soviet Misfit: The Life and Music of BB Gabor

A Hungarian-born refugee haunted by a host of personal demons, BB Gabor made a startling impression in Toronto's punk scene of the early '80s, producing arresting works of pop music which have left an indelible mark in Canada's rock music history.

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Se Delan - “Going Home” (audio) (premiere)

The first song from (and on) Se Delan's sophomore effort, Drifter, is an industrial yet ethereal gem.

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Bernard Szjaner and the (Hypothetical) Prophets - ‘Around the World With’ (album stream)

Back in the '80s, the (Hypothetical) Prophets posed as an anti-Soviet pop group working inside the Soviet Union, Russia specifically, that was "smuggling" their music to the West.

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As Good As Gold: Lio’s Subversive Euro-Pop

In true Euro-pop fashion, Lio's marriage of risqué innuendo and brightly-coloured pop during the '80s resounded fashionably with the French.

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Elvis Costello’s ‘Detour: Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe’

Elvis Costello has a rich body of songs, so it's no surprise that when he turns up on the stage he bests even some of the greats.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: An Interview With Dave Stewart

With his new memoir Sweet Dreams Are Made of This in mind, Stewart joins PopMatters for an in-depth discussion about his new book and his influential catalog of music.

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11 Dec 2015 // 3:15 AM

jennylee: right on!

Applying Warpaint's thin sonic veneer to yet another decade past on right on!, jennylee runs in place rather than moving forward.

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Down and Out in Hollywood: ‘Slam Dance’

A stylish exercise in new wave chic, Slam Dance is an engaging thriller that epitomizes Hollywood's slumming culture of the '80s.

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3 Dec 2015 // 3:20 AM

Any Trouble: Present Tense

Critically acclaimed and commercially unsuccessful power poppers Any Trouble return with their first set of new material in nearly a decade, proving they’ve lost none of what made them so great the first time around.

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Kissing the Pink: Naked (Expanded Edition)

1983 debut from the British art-pop collective, before Stock-Aitken-Waterman got to them.

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Krisp - “167” (audio) (premiere)

Dark post-punk and propulsive new wave find a happy medium on this new track by the Miami band.

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Marshall Crenshaw: #392: The EP Collection

#392: The EP Collection brings together a smattering of new material along with covers, all of which appeared on Crenshaw’s subscription-only series.

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Native People - “Ready For Your Love” (audio) (premiere)

The English band serve up a clever cover of Gorgon City's 2014 hit.

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Duran Duran Looks Forward and Back During New York City Show

The band performed a mix of new songs and old favorites at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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"A-WA's debut album Habib Galbi made NPR Music's '30 Favorite Albums of 2016 (So Far)' list.

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